Zee’s Ek Se Badhkar Ek is again in the news and this time, it is the wild card entries that have created unrest amongst others!! The show will now have 3 jodis making it into the contest via wild card; the lucky contestants being Aishwarya and Aanchal Dwivedi, Mussarat Abbas(of SRGMP 2007 fame) and Sanober Kabir and above all Abhishek Awasthi with Meenal Jain and not Sumedha Karmahe!
When asked Raja Hassan whether he is happy with the wild cards, the diplomat quips, “Well, it is the channel’s decision and I am happy about it”.
The new entrant Aanchal Dwivedi just cannot believe her luck as she says, “This is a big challenge for me and you will see a different Aanchal here”. On Abhishek being the sole contestant to get back into the contest amidst new faces, the actress quips, “I feel everyone is awesome, but this just shows us that Abhishek is the strongest contestant and he deserves to be back in”.
The popular actress Shayantani Ghosh says, “When I signed for the show, I knew that there will be wild card entries based on the channel’s decision. So I am absolutely fine with it”.
Amidst mixed reactions flowing in from the contestants and judges of the show, a participant on the basis of anonymity speaks out, “I guess the show is about jodis and if they keep a wild card, the jodi should come back. So how can only Abhishek come in while his partner Sumedha is left out? Also what happened to the other eliminated jodis? Does it mean that they were not good enough to get back?”
The furor does not end here as another participant who is ousted from the show says, “I was really sad that nobody raised their voice on how things went wrong. I really felt bad for Sumedha that she is not taken back. When the onus was on Jodis and not individuals, why is it that only Abhishek is brought back?”
When talked to the esteemed judge Abhijeet Bhattacharya on Abhishek getting back, he quotes, “Abhishek is a deserving candidate who got voted out via SMS and not because of judges. I am glad that he is back”. On questioned why his jodeedar Sumedha was left out, he says, “Frankly speaking, Abhishek is really good at dancing, but Sumedha was very weak in front of him. He really deserved a better partner; so this change is for the good”.
While Abhijeet seemed happy about Abhishek’s comeback, he sounded pissed off on the entry of Mussarat Abbas into the competition. When asked the reason, the singer cum judge opens up to say, “See this is an Indian show, so why do we need a Pakistani here? Do they call us in Pakistan?”. Abhijeet feels that the entry of Mussarat means good singers like Emon, Harpeet etc have lost the chance to get back… “Why is it that our good singers face the brunt just for the entry of a Pakistani singer?”, questions Abhijeet.
He also feels that it is high time that our own next generation singers be given a platform to showcase their talent. “When we don’t allow Pakistanis in other fields like medicine, engineering etc, then why allow them here? Singing is also a commercial market and we are not here for charity”, quips he.
When asked about his decision now, Abhijeet asserts, “I have clearly told the channel that I will not judge Mussarat. Anyway, they have a choice to opt for the judge and he can get his marks from Ahmed”. Lastly, leaving everything to the channel Abhijeet says, “I do not know what decision the channel will take. But I can tell you that I will stay my ground till I am forced by the channel to walk off!! And if this happens, it cannot get more shameful as an Indian had to leave because of a Pakistani!!”.
Well, after all this controversy, where does this leave the show? Can we get an answer please!!!!
Reporter : Binita Ramchandani
Author :Srividya Rajesh